10 Vintage Bathroom Ideas

Vintage style pink bathroom

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Adding vintage style to a modern bathroom—in the form of retro-style plumbing fixtures, classic patterned tiles, throwback color schemes or nostalgic accessories—can create a sense of timelessness and warmth and a comforting reference to decades past. And if you've got a vintage bathroom in need of updating but don't have the budget to renovate, going retro can be a cost-effective option that's loaded with classic charm.

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    Mid-Century Accents

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    A mid-century modern wood-framed free-form mirror and geometric black, green and white floor tiles adds a vintage touch to this contemporary bathroom. Antique brass cabinet pulls, lighting and plumbing fixtures amp up the retro vibes and bright white paint keeps it feeling fresh.

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    Vintage Avocado Green

    Vintage avocado green bathroom

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    In the 1970s, avocado green bathroom suites (and kitchens) were hip and trendy. While most of those original fixtures are lost to time and changing bathroom trends, if you've got a perfectly preserved vintage avocado green sink, tub, or toilet and a penchant for authentic vintage decor, why not flaunt it? The rest of the room is demure, with simple gray wall tiles, a round mirror and clear glass sconces—and a quietly kitsch retro set of tied back blush pink drapes.

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    Sixties Pink

    Sixties pink tile bathroom

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    Long before soft millennial pink was a thing, bright pink bathroom (and kitchen) tile was its own kind of thing. Here assertive pink subway tile and black terrazzo flooring give this otherwise simple bathroom a swinging 60s time capsule vibe. Fresh white walls, towels and shower curtain keep it from looking like a film set and new vintage-style stainless steel plumbing and hardware tie in the vintage theme.

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    Antique Vintage

    Vintage bathroom with black accents

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    This bathroom combines vintage and antique elements, using black as a grounding accent color for the flooring, free-standing claw foot tub, mirror frames, sconces, and old-fashioned wood and glass display cabinet. Vintage-style wall-mounted sinks and a pea green wall color adds a retro feel; a lush green plant in the center of the room brings it into the now.

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    Vintage Armchair and Wallpaper

    Vintage style pink bathroom

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    In the Santa Monica home of interior designer Kathryn Ireland, a pink button tufted armchair and cheerful pink-and-white wallpaper creates a neo-retro vintage vibe that's easy to recreate if you've got the room for an armchair in the bathroom. If you don't, choose a fabric-covered stool or a vintage-style shower curtain instead, or pick a wall for some peel-and-stick vintage wallpaper and add some cozy fabric lampshades to wall sconces to emulate the look.

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    Granny Chic

    Vintage style wallpapered bathroom

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    This vintage-inspired granny chic bathroom is the kind of relic you'd find in a Lucille Ball-esque grandmother's house, but the kitschy vintage vibe can be replicated with oversize floral wallpaper in muted colors, vintage mirrors, cabinet pulls and lighting (flounced curtains and stool cushions optional).

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    Vintage Rugs

    Vintage rugs in the bathroom

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    Fresh white paint, new old-school style pedestal sinks and a freestanding tub give this bathroom a subtle vintage aesthetic while feeling updated and comfortable. Adding vintage Oriental rugs warms up the dark wood floors and creates the sense that this bathroom wasn't born yesterday.

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    Mid-Century Modern Twist

    Modern farmhouse bathroom

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    For this vintage-inspired bathroom renovation, Jersey Ice Cream Co. transformed a wooden mid-century modern buffet into a console for double farmhouse sinks. A round mirror and vintage-inspired sconces polish off the look.

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    Vintage Accents

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    In this otherwise modern bathroom, a pedestal sink and vintage-style crystal sconces with silk lampshades in soft pink create flattering light. A gilded accent mirror gives the contemporary bathroom a lightly vintage feel that's easy to pull off. Black-and-white checkerboard tiles have a long history that makes calling them vintage an understatement, a design classic that will outlive us all.

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    Vintage Original

    Vintage bathroom

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    This 1910 bathroom at the Mercersburg Inn in Pennsylvania is a great argument for preserving vintage details like the wall tiles and plumbing fixtures. Subtle updates like a new vintage-style freestanding tub ensure that the room has a fresh, well maintained look. Classic penny floor tiles and a gray marble shower surround show the power of using classic materials that stand the test of time.